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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From Handsel and Gretel nibbling on a house made of finger food to Handerella trying to win over the handsome Finger Prints, Knuckleheads is hands down fun! Earburt and Toeper give it two thumbs up! The combination of Joan Holub's pun-filled humor and Michael Slack's on-the-nose pictures make this a must-read for all ages.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Puns. Puns are hard. I think that it's safe to say that every adult has a kind of pun-limit. We can only take so many of them until we hit that limit and our groans turn from humored acknowledgments of cleverness to real moans of pain. Of course this limit is entirely reliant on the quality of the puns at hand, particularly when you're dealing with picture books. Now we turn our attention to Knuckleheads by Joan Holub, as illustrated by Michael Slack. As I read through the book I found my pun li ...more
What a clever book! This is a book full of puns, something I am not the biggest fan of, yet I liked the way Holub used them here. Reading each page then looking over the illustrations to see how the words and the pictures connected made me laugh many times. The pictures complimented and added to the text is a funny and wonderful way. I think a reason I enjoyed this book so much is because it is a play on many of the fairy tales I grew up with and am very familiar with, therefore I felt like I wa ...more
Lots of loverly puns! I mean really good BAD puns. I was won over. Clever and unique idea perfectly executed.
Mary Beth
Oh, this book is funny. I love a good pun, and the word play in this crackerjack kids book is chock full of silliness and fun. And the jokes are not just in the text! The illustrations tell jokes too, and the diligent peruser of this book will find visually-based giggles on each page that he/she might have missed before.

Knuckleheads is a collection of fractured fairy tales that features hands(and fingers and noses and toes-es) as the stars of four fables that are linked by a evil green hand-Wit
Nov 26, 2008 Rebecca added it
Recommends it for: 3rd grade and up; fans of Stinky Cheese Man
Recommended to Rebecca by: Susan
Susan gave me this bizarre picture book, featuring hands in the starring roles of four fractured fairy tales. I can appreciate this, since my own hands (Cousin and Goodhand) were characters in many childhood plays (Cousin was a vet, and Goodhand was his secretary -- hey, they were always around and never got lost like other toys...), but I never imagined how weird it would be to see hand-characters illustrated with faces and clothes and everything. And yet I wanted to pore over this book, becaus ...more
Wyatt Fessenden
Knuckleheads by Joan Holub is definitely not your run of the mill children's book. This fractured, post-modern fairy tale is interesting in the sense that it carries a darker tone from normal children's books. The characters are a little creepy, but they are playful and fun. They can rub kids the wrong way if they are sensitive.

One thing I loved about this book was that it uses puns for humor. I love puns! All of the classic fairy tale characters have been adapted into personified body parts, so
Sarah DeWalt
This crazy story is many different typical fairy tales all put together in one story. What's different about this book though is all the characters are different body parts. As weird or creepy as it sounds the book turns out to be very creative and funny because of all the puns they use. This story starts off with Hansel and Gretel and it tells their normal story and they try to get rid of the witch at the end and she just disappears and later we find that same witch in cinderella, Thumbelina, a ...more
Tori Serrano
Knuckleheads is a postmodern picture book that starts with one story and jumps to several others. It starts with Handsel and Gretel where the characters are a left and right hand. Handsel and Gretel get sent away and they stumble across the witches house where she captures them and tries to eat them. The witch gets caught and escapes by becoming apart of several other traditional fairy tales. The witch goes into stories such as Cinderella, Thumbelina, and Snow White. However, the titles in this ...more
Kim Vu
First off, my rating is probably a bit biased, because I am a sucker for cheesy puns. But I can't help but adore this book. Knuckleheads is a series of four fairly well-known tales: Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Thumbelina, and Snow White. They are the perfect examples of a fractured fairytale as they stay pretty parallel to the original but are all related with hands, feet and nose references, making the stories "Hand"sel and Gretel, "Hand"erella, "Thumb"elina (I think that was more out of con ...more
Meredith Leach
Very clever! The hands are the characters, as in, Handerella, the Hand-some prince, etc.
Quite funny and very cute!
Bizarre book of bad puns.
This book by Joan Holub is a re-telling of four different classic fairy tales. The characters all have weird body parts for heads; some characters are hands, some are feet, some are thumbs, and some are noses. This book is rife with corny body part puns that make this a very enjoyable read. Kids who know the fairy tales of Cinderella and others will laugh at this strange and different collection.
Lauren Jackson
I really didnt like this book however it may be very interesting to children. It involved toenils and feet that some children may love to read about. This book was a twist on classic stories such as hansel and gretal and cinderella. I would place this book in my safe place. It would be a great boook that would help those students who are mad.
This picture-book is quite funny I laughed hard while reading it. Apparently there's quite many phrases in English that use or relate to foot, hands, fingers, and other body parts. And lots of puns - especially ones with the characters' names - that will definitely make you smile.
Liza Gilbert
Huh. An entire book of stories filled with hand and finger puns, most of which are just wretched (both the stories and the puns). The illustrations by Slack are first-rate, but the entire picture book is some kind of weird, surreal acid trip, hallucination, or delusion.
Sarah Kiesche
4 fairytales where the characters are represented as random body parts. Full of puns and very funny. Great for all ages as I think kids would really enou the illustrations and the silliness. Great for creative writing, teaching puns, and alternative fairy tales. K-5
Jun 03, 2011 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Loved this one! It's a postmodern book so it pokes fun at itself. Witty use of words and the illustrations tell a story of their own. Would be great for boys.
Witty twists to Hansel and Gretal, Thumbelina, Cinderella, and Snow White.
Cute illustrations, especially Handsel and Gretel.
Twist on fairytales. Fun, silly - all about the hand.
Aug 04, 2009 Greta added it
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Wasn't too impressed with this one.
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Author of MIGHTY DADS (a NYTimes bestseller, illus by James Dean); LITTLE RED WRITING (illus by Melissa Sweet); the GODDESS GIRLS series (co-author Suzanne Williams); ZERO THE HERO (illus Tom Litchtenheld); and many other books for children. I feel very lucky to be doing what I love.
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